House committee votes to approve bill that would grant DC statehood

first_imgCapitol rioter arrested after bragging on Bumble April 25, 2021 Karine Jean-Pierre first Black woman in decades to lead White House press conference May 28, 2021 RELATEDTOPICS DC statehood approved by House, could get turned down in Senate April 25, 2021 Washington Post: Army memo considered rejecting DC’s request for National Guard ahead of Jan. 6 March 17, 2021 “DC residents deserve full voting representation in the Senate and the House and complete control over their local affairs. They deserve statehood,” she said.Republicans argue that the legislation represents a partisan effort by Democrats to push a progressive agenda and tip the scales in Congress in their favor.“Let’s be very clear what HR 51 is all about. It’s all about creating two new Democrat US Senate seats,” GOP Rep. James Comer of Kentucky, the committee ranking member, said.“That’s what it’s all about. We could end the discussion there. That’s what this bill is all about and everyone in America knows it. This bill is part of the progressive pathway that President Biden, Leader Schumer and Speaker Pelosi have to reshape America into that socialist utopia that the Squad talk about.”The committee vote to approve the bill paves the way for a House floor vote on the measure, which is expected to take place next week.The-CNN-Wire™ & © 2021 Cable News Network, Inc., a WarnerMedia Company. All rights reserved. The House Oversight and Reform Committee voted on Wednesday to approve a bill that would grant statehood to Washington, DC. The tally was 25-19.“Today is an historic day for our country — and our democracy,” House oversight committee chair Rep. Carolyn Maloney said in her opening remarks on Wednesday. “For only the second time in a generation, we will vote on whether hundreds of thousands of American citizens will finally have their voices counted in Congress.“The United States is the only democratic country that denies both voting rights in the national legislature and local self-government to the people of its capital. That is wrong. It violates everything we stand for as Americans,” Maloney said.During the last session of Congress, House Democrats successfully passed the bill — H.R. 51, the Washington, D.C. Admission Act, marking the first time either chamber of Congress had advanced a DC statehood measure. It did not advance, however, in the Senate, which was controlled by a Republican majority at the time, reported CNN. AdvertisementRecommended ArticlesBrie Larson Reportedly Replacing Robert Downey Jr. As The Face Of The MCURead more81 commentsGal Gadot Reportedly Being Recast As Wonder Woman For The FlashRead more29 comments Advertisement Advertisement AdvertisementDC Young Fly knocks out heckler (video) – Rolling OutRead more6 comments’Mortal Kombat’ Exceeded Expectations Says WarnerMedia ExecutiveRead more2 commentsDo You Remember Bob’s Big Boy?Read more1 commentsKISS Front Man Paul Stanley Reveals This Is The End Of KISS As A Touring Band, For RealRead more1 comments AdvertisementNow, Democrats are bringing the bill back up for consideration. The DC statehood bill would still face an uphill fight in the chamber, even though the Democrats control a narrow majority in the Senate, because it’s unlikely to get enough Republican support to clear a 60-vote threshold for passage, reported CNN.HR 51 was introduced by Delegate Eleanor Holmes Norton, DC’s nonvoting House member and a longtime advocate for statehood.“Congress can no longer exclude DC residents from the democratic process, forcing residents to watch from the sidelines as Congress votes on laws that affect the nation or votes even on the laws of the duly elected DC government. Democracy requires much more,” Norton said in her opening remarks. Advertisement Tags: statehoodwashington dclast_img read more

Laois Macra to hold new photo exhibition

first_img Laois macra Laois Macra na Feirme are holding a new photo exhibition in Mountmellick Macra hall this Friday, 16 November.This idea came from Laois Macra PRO Niamh Ryan who wanted to promote both Laois Macra and Farming.“Everyone has a phone and we all send snaps to each other so I wanted to get people sharing their farming pictures.“The competition got people sharing their photos on Facebook and there was a great bit of excitement near the end of each month getting the last few likes on their pictures.“I’m so happy with the turnout of photos each month and would like to thank everyone who entered a photo and of course to our amazing sponsors.“Big thanks to Mountmellick photography Club for the use of their display boards and to Mountmellick Macra for the use of their hall,” said Niamh.The photos on display are a years’ worth of monthly competitions on Facebook with a different theme for each month.Entries were taken by private mail to the Laois Macra page up to the 20th of each month.An album of entries was posted to the page for people to vote for their favourite until the end of the month.Each of the monthly winners won a morning photography lesson with Photographer Alf Harvey.On the night, the main sponsor Atkins Farm Machinery, Birr, will select the overall winner.The winner will get a two night BnB stay in the five star Castlemarytr hotel in Cork.Second prize – sponsored by AgriSpec Rathdowney – is a €75 voucher.Laois Macra would also like to thank MW Hire Urlingford and B.Fergus Photo Portlaoise for sponsoring the event.Everyone is welcome to attend the night starting at 8pm with light refreshments.SEE ALSO – Rare artifact sells for €280,000 in Laois auction Charlie Flanagan on Electric Picnic: ‘I’d ask organisers to consult with community leaders’ By Siun Lennon – 13th November 2018 Twitter Pinterest WhatsApp Council Facebook TAGSLaois Macra na Feirme Facebook Pinterest WhatsApp Laois Macra to hold new photo exhibition New Arles road opens but disquiet over who was invited to official opening Community Previous articleRevenue make cigarettes seizure in PortlaoiseNext articleReturn of the Frank as Gerry Quigley & The Durty Blues Band play Manhattan Mixer this weekend Siun Lennonhttp://heresosiun.blogspot.ie/2016/09/the-lekkie-piccie-experience.htmlSiún Lennon joined LaoisToday in a full-time capacity after studying Journalism and New Media in the University of Limerick. She hails from Rosenallis and her interests vary from news, sports and politics. Home What’s On Laois Macra to hold new photo exhibition What’s On RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Twitter Community Laois secondary school announces scholarship winners for new academic yearlast_img read more

Kim Jong Il: War Is a Must

first_img News There are signs that North Korea is running into serious difficulties with its corn harvest [imText1]Yanji, China — “So long as we want to knock the American imperialists down and unify the fatherland, we must carry out a decisive battle at least once with the enemy.” This quote is contained in a new document for public lectures which The Daily NK recently obtained. According to the document, it is a direct quotation from Kim Jong Il. It asserts Kim has also said, “At the decisive stage of liquidating the past, a stage which is now coming closer, we have to establish Battle Mobilization Footing in all sections and keep strong ideas of fighting against the enemy.” The document points to the governments of the U.S., Japan and South Korea as the warmongers and emphasizes that, therefore, North Korea must “deal with them not with words, but with guns.” The document was produced by the Propaganda and Agitation Department of the Central Committee of the Party in October, 2010 and spread via lectures in work places and municipal Party organizations during last year’s winter drill. It also stresses, “We must be equipped with political, ideological and military technical preparations so that we can crush the enemy with a single stroke at any provocation, while maintaining a tense situation at all times and the determination to launch a righteous attack on the enemy’s stronghold with our very lives.” In addition, it says, “Liquidating the past with the enemy of the proletariat class, including the rubbery American imperialists, is our national assignment; to pay back the cost in blood our people bled a hundred thousand times and wage a sacred struggle to guarantee our people’s happy lives by rooting out the foundations of war from this soil and succeeding in reunification.” In the document there are detailed explanations as to why the people should establish Battle Mobilization Footing. With respect to the great famine of the mid-1990s, it says, “Due to the vicious isolation and suppressive maneuvers of the American imperialists and all kinds of enemies, our people had to suffer another March of Tribulation, just like a war.” With Kim Jong Il’s quotation, “Presently on the Chosun Peninsula, due to the anti-socialist and anti-Republic maneuvers of the ruling factions of the U.S. and South Chosun, tension has been mounting and the risk of war raised,” it declared again the Cheonan sinking as a fabrication and U.S.-South Korea joint military drills such as Ulchi Freedom Guardian as military provocations. Through this and similar documents and lectures, the North Korea authorities raise a warlike atmosphere by spreading the belief that war is a must and that the withdrawal of the U.S. forces from the South is a pressing assignment. This document also shows that North Korea’s international isolation and economic difficulties, all of which were primarily caused by the Kim Jong Il regime’s incompetence and irresponsibility, are being used to unite society by shifting the blame onto the international community. Additionally, it confirms that the “peaceful nuclear program” or peace treaty which Kim Jong Il declares to be crucial when speaking in the international arena are political strategies. Kim Jong Il: War Is a Must US dollar and Chinese reminbi plummet against North Korean won once again By Daily NK – 2011.05.30 8:46am North Korea Market Price Update: June 8, 2021 (Rice and USD Exchange Rate Only) RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHORcenter_img News Facebook Twitter SHARE AvatarDaily NKQuestions or comments about this article? Contact us at [email protected] News NewsEconomylast_img read more

North Korea’s New Year Address: No Objective Evidence for Hope Found

first_img AvatarDaily NKQuestions or comments about this article? Contact us at [email protected] North Korea’s New Year Address: No Objective Evidence for Hope Found Tracking the “unidentified yellow substance” being dried out near the Yongbyon Nuclear Center Is Nuclear Peace with North Korea Possible? I. About North Korea’s New Year AddressIf one were to measure North Korea’s NewYear’s Address for “quality vs. quantity”, they would be very disappointed.Anyone that has followed these New Year’s Addresses throughout the yearswould be able to write the conventional content and phrases of this year’s address themselves. Whether you are a North Korean specialist or not, askyourself: is there anything you particularly remember from the 2013 or 2014 addresses?Nevertheless, North Korea’s New Year’s Addresses always peak our interest on some level. This is because even thoughthese New Year’s Addresses just serve to clarify the North Korean regime’sposition on international and domestic affairs in the name of the “greatleader”, there is always the hope that we may be able to attain some newinformation. In the past, no matter how much we examined information obtainedby New Year’s Addresses from North Korea, we were unable to fully predict NorthKorea’s behavior. Of course, we can form predictions on North Korea’s behaviorsbased on the North Korean regime’s basic position on domestic and internationalaffairs as stated in its address. However, the fact remains that wewould be able to predict those behaviors without examining the address as well.On the other hand, this year’s New Year’s Address was the subject of such interest because it is the platform from whichthe Kim Jong Eun regime would react to the Park Geun Hye administration’ssuggestion of bilateral talks late last year. And, in truth, there are manymentions of bilateral talks in North Korea’s 2015 New Year’s Address, and it isclear that South Korean media outlets will place a lot of weight on this fact. However, this author does not see any hopeor reason or objective evidence of the possibility of reform for the Kim JongEun regime, nor does he think that there is a possibility of constructivelyrealizing the Park Geun Hye administration’s “Korean Peninsula Trust Policy”.Therefore, this writer views the positive response to mentions of bilateraltalks between North and South Korea in North Korea’s New Year’s Address ratherskeptically. A more thorough explanation follows.II. How to Read North Korea’s New Year’s AddressThe New Year’s Address isapproximately sixty-pages long, front and back. However, one cannot simplydismiss as a short bit of writing [about half as long as an academic thesis].Unless you are pro-North Korean and someone who loves both the Marshal and theGeneral and has internalized North Korea’s conventional phraseology as thoughit were the dialect of your own hometown, it will be difficult for you to readthis address in one go, from start to finish. Therefore, this analysis of the New Year’s Address’ composition and selection of salient areas on whichto focus your attention will save you time: New Year’s Greetings: 10%Self-Praise for the Past Year’sAchievements: 10%This Year We Will Become a Strong andProsperous Socialist Country: 12%Development of a Strong Military Power:7.5%Civilian Economy: 20%Education: 3.5%The Revolutionary Mindset: 8.5%Reunification Policy: 19%International Affairs: 6%Conclusion: 3.5%Part one [New Year’s Greetings] and Part two [Self-Praise] have no value for us outsiders who are not “ardently missing theSuryeong and the Great General with an ache that becomes more intense day afterday”. However, it is a necessary section of propaganda towards the North Koreanpeople. Every year the New Year’s Address says the same thing: “Every sector hasaddressed unprecedented successes and monumental creations have been produced”.If everything in that report were taken at face value, one would think thatNorth Korea had already joined the ranks of advanced nations. Number three has, in the past, been forcefullyshoved into the address as an effort to commemorate the new year. It lays outreasons for why this year will be a meaningful year, and therefore, everyoneshould strive towards fulfilling their revolutionary tasks without thinking ofanything else. It emphasizes the mindset and refinement that it takes tofulfill these revolutionary tasks. Nowadays they summarize this section byfocusing on brainwashing with Kim Il Sung-Kim Jong Il beliefs, called “Kim JongIl Patriotism”, such as, “Single-Minded Sincerity Towards the Marshal,” “NobleDevotion Towards the Future,” and “Fierce Attachment to Socialism”. Thissection also holds no value for someone who has already read North Korea’sprevious New Year’s Addresses.   Number four [Building a Strong Military Power] does not really have much important information either, but there are certainslogans that need to be checked out. First of all, there is vague mention of“The Fourth Strategic Policy and Three Big Tasks for Strengthening the Military”. Thisslogan might reference Kim Jong Eun’s December 1st, 2014 visit to the 963rd unitof the North Korean Army where he mentioned “strengthening nuclear weaponcapabilities, strengthening political thought, strengthening combat power,strengthening the defense industry, and strengthening military and civilianunity” in different conversations and speeches.  On the other hand, the New Year’s Addressmentioned “the Party’s success with the Byungjin Line [simultaneously pursuingnuclear and economic development]” in this section as well. The one uniquething about this 2015 New Year’s Address is that it is devoid of direct emphasis onnuclear development. The word “nuclear” appears in the address a total of fourtimes: twice when referencing the U.S.-R.O.K. “nuclear war exercises” and twicewhen using the expression “nuclear deterrent”. And, honestly, “nucleardeterrent” is used ambiguously. The Civilian Economy section is mostly allfluff as well, but it shows some glimpses of the reality of North Korea’s situation.“Just as it was before and after the rehabilitation construction, the entireParty, the entire army, and all of the people must work hard for forestrecovery, so our country’s mountains are covered with overgrown forests likeHwanggeum Mountain.” Though the regime is urging the North Korean people to dotheir part, there is not one person who thinks that forest recovery is actuallypossible. The rest of the content regarding theeconomy is the same as it has been for the past few decades. Whether it isachievements or plans, one can just think of this section as lacking in theextreme. North Korea is like a broken record player in this aspect, repeatingthe same things over and over again. There is the phrase “all financialinstitutions, companies, and company activity must be active and emergent” thatindicates that the Kim Jong Eun regime may be going in the direction ofeconomic reform, but this kind of declaration has been made several times inthe past. They are just under the delusion that they can order the economy torevitalize itself.  Next, there is nothing worth reading in theEducation or the Revolutionary Mindset sections. There is only the phrase“people of the Korean race are the best” which exposes North Korea’sanachronistic nationalism for what it is. This phrase has become the New Year’s Address’ primary, irremovable principle, and the way in which they brainwashthe North Korean people. The most important section to South Koreais one that comes near the end of the address: the Reunification Policy. It isnot a short section, but the main, unchangeable point of North Korea’sreunification policy is “exclude foreign powers [the U.S.], and reunite ourpeople”. The Reunification Policy section undoubtedly relates to the Park Geun Hye administration’s suggestion ofbilateral talks and, in its own way, lays out the conditions for such talks. Assuch, this section needs further, detailed analysis.  III. North Korea’s Response to theSuggestion for Bilateral TalksThe reunification policy suggested in the2013, 2014, and now 2015 New Year’s Address is the same, in principle. One cansummarize it as the “Three Main Principles to Reunite Our Nation”. However, in2015, there was detailed mention of bilateral talks between North and SouthKorea and even specific mention of a “summit between North and South Korea”which is technically an unconstitutional phrase. North Korea even mentioned a“highest-level summit”, which is defined as involving South Korea’s presidentand the highest leader in the North Korean regime. So, what did North Korea’sNew Year’s Address specifically state about bilateral talks?North Korea offered an important suggestionto improve relations between North and South Korea and for “reunification ofour nation” in 2014. Because of a disturbance scheme by powersthat are against reunification, this important suggestion could not be realizedand relations between the North and South worsened. As long as the U.S.-R.O.K. militaryexercises continue, relations between the North and the South cannot moveforward. The North and South cannot push eachother’s ideology and system on the other. North Korea has never coerced South Koreainto socialism. South Korea must stop pursuing systematicreunification. The Joint Statement of July 4th, the JointDeclaration of June 15th, and the Declaration of October 4th that specified thecharter of reunification and acknowledgement of reunification guidelines mustbe realized. If South Korea truly wants to improverelations with North Korea, a high-level summit or even highest-level summit ispossible.Numbers 1 and 2 might be referring to whenHwang Pyong So and other top-level North Korean officials suddenly visitedSouth Korea to attend the closing ceremony of the 2014 Incheon Asian Games andsuggested bilateral talks. The “disturbance scheme” referred to in number two isthe effort to send flyers to the North Korean people which stopped preparationsfor bilateral talks. In other words, though it does not explicitly say, one ofthe conditions for bilateral talks is that the Park Geun Hye administrationstops further efforts to send flyers to North Korea. Next, the issue with the U.S.-R.O.K.military exercises is nothing new, and there is no way that halting theexercises will become a condition for the bilateral talks. It is just a pointthat North Korea will bring up again and again as an obstacle to improvingrelations between the North and the South. Numbers four to seven are most pertinent to therecent suggestion of bilateral talks between the North and South. The mainpoint is “South Korea must give up reunification as a liberal democracy!”Unlike the Lee Myung Bak administration, the Park Geun Hye administration hasnot once mentioned reunification as a liberal democracy. In fact, not long ago,Ryu Gil Jae, Minister of Reunification, said that he was pursuing “peacefulreunification” not “absorption reunification”. However “absorptionreunification” and “peaceful reunification” are not contradictory terms. Apeaceful absorptive reunification is possible, a good example of which isGerman reunification. Absorption reunification is an issue pertaining to thereunification system and peaceful reunification is an issue pertaining to thereunification method. Minister Ryu seems to have intentionally made the mistakeof trading one categorical term for the other. North Korea is especially citing the JointStatement of July 4th, the Joint Declaration of June 15th, and the Declarationof October 4th, agreements that even President Park Geun Hye cannot deny, assupport for its insistence that reunification be carried out with bothcountries maintaining their systems of governance. North Korea also especiallycontinues to insist on the Joint Statement of July 4th, which elucidates its “Three Main Principles to Reunite Our Nation”. This Joint Statement was made withNorth Korea and President Park Geun Hye’s father, former President Park JungHee. However, the Park Geun Hye administrationhas to understand that the autonomy, peace, and greatest national solidaritythat make up the “Three Main Principles to Reunite Our Nation” that were formedfrom the Joint Declaration of July 4th only refer to the process ofreunification and are not the goal of reunification nor the reunificationsystem. In fact, the rules of the Chosun Workers’ Party of North Korea clearlyoutline the goal for reunification and stipulate how the three Main Principles areto be applied: “The Korean Workers’ Party’s immediate goalis to build a strong and prosperous socialist nation in the northernhemisphere, and on the national level, free all Korean people and fulfill thetask of democratic revolution. The end goal is to spread Juche ideology andgive complete autonomy to the people.” The “spread Juche ideology and givecomplete autonomy to the people” section means the realization of the so-called“people’s democracy”. This usually means the “South Korean revolution” or“reunification under communism”. Interestingly, the Chosun Workers’ Party’sregulations even specify the method for South Korean revolution. “The Korean [Chosun] Workers’ Partystrengthens all of Chosun’s patriotic democratic capabilities and unifiedfront. The Korean Workers’ Party will oust the American imperialists’ militaryinvasion from South Korea, will put an end to various other foreign powers’dominance, will stop Japan’s military from reinvading, and will activelysupport and root for the South Korean people’s battle for rights to life anddemocracy. With all of our people’s strength combined, we can combine ournation with the principles of autonomy, peace, and the greatest nationalsolidarity. The Korean Workers’ Party will fight for our country and our people’sreunification.” Nevertheless, North Korea asserts in itsNew Year’s Address that it has never once coerced South Korea into socialism.This is because North Korea’s method of reunification does not involve coercingSouth Korea into socialism, but there are various other methods in which SouthKorea can actualize North Korean-style socialism. One can see this point clarified in enoughdetail in the written judgment by the Constitutional Court in the dissolutionof the United Progressive Party [UPP]. There is a clear connection between the reunification policy presented in North Korea’s address and the assertion that the UPP’s progressive democracy was an interim structure put in place in order for NorthKorea to bring socialism to the entire Korean peninsula. If the Park Geun Hyeadministration accepts and adopts North Korea’s reunification policy, SouthKorea will have no choice but to acknowledge North Korea’s dictatorial regimethrough both the reunification process and the issues that will arise from thereunification system. Right now, we can define “acknowledge” as justacknowledging them as a conversation partner and can gloss over what the phrasewas really meant to mean. However, if a political party forms in South Koreathat acknowledges North Korea’s dictatorial regime and, in turn, acknowledgesNorth Korea’s goals of the means of reunification, it would be difficult forthe South Korean government to insist that that political party wasunconstitutional. IV. The Park Geun Hye administration’sMid-Term Policy On North KoreaSince the start of the Park Geun Hyeadministration, this author has stressed that constructively realizing the“Korean Peninsula Trust Process” would be difficult. The reason for that isbecause the South Korean government’s long-term policies on North Korea onlylast for five years, and history has repeatedly shown that these short-termadministrations cannot be reconciled with the reality of the situation. It is2015, the third year of the Park Geun Hye administration. More accurately, halfof the Park Geun Hye administration’s term in office has passed, and now it hasno choice but to strongly pursue contact with North Korea as per its policy.The Committee for the Preparation of Reunification, which spews rose-colored views,the so-called “Reunification as Jackpot” policy, etc., are all just backupdancers for the song called the “Korean Peninsula Trust Process”. The fact that this is a weakness of theSouth Korean government is well-known to the Kim Jong Eun regime. North Koreaknows that the second half of the South Korean administration will bringfinancial aid, and even if they sit still and do nothing, money will flow in onits own. Former president Roh Moo Hyun promised dozens of trillions of won asfinancial aid in the Declaration of October 4th, and that was the result of thesummit between Roh Moo Hyun and Kim Jong Il, which occurred in the last year ofthe Roh Moo Hyun administration. There is a fair chance that the Park Geun Hyeadministration will also be unable to escape from this trapOf course, the problem is not that NorthKorea is seeking financial aid. North Korea is stubbornly demanding that SouthKorea officially reaffirm the “Three Main Principles for Reuniting Our Nation”,while at the same time, demanding that South Korea seek peaceful reunificationand acknowledge the North Korean regime. And, as mentioned above, Minister RyuGil Jae went from talking about “absorption reunification” to “peacefulreunification” which brings us one step closer to North Korea’s reasoning. However, the probability of North Koreaagreeing to the Park Geun Hye administration’s “Korean Peninsula Trust Process”plan is close to zero. North Korea will demand that the South Korean governmentcome into the trap that is North Korea’s reunification policy and will declaresuccess and be satisfied if its demands for either stopping flyers from goingto North Korea or acknowledgement of the North Korean regime are met. This isbecause the rest of its demands can easily be met by the next administration.And maybe they are preparing another present for the latter half of the ParkGeun Hye administration. Maybe a fourth nuclear test or launching an ICBM [intercontinental ballistic missile]. It does not specifically say so in NorthKorea’s New Year’s Address, but it is a possibility.*Views expressed in Guest Columns do not necessarily reflect those of Daily NK. 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New pre-departure COVID-19 testing requirements come into effect for all air travellers flying into Canada

first_imgNew pre-departure COVID-19 testing requirements come into effect for all air travellers flying into Canada From: Transport CanadaThe COVID-19 pandemic has created a global crisis that is having a significant impact on the air industry and all travellers.The COVID-19 pandemic has created a global crisis that is having a significant impact on the air industry and all travellers. The Government of Canada has multiple measures in place to protect the health and safety of Canadians, and to help prevent air travel from being a source of further introduction and spread of COVID-19 and new variants of the virus into Canada.Today, the Minister of Transport, the Honourable Marc Garneau, issued an Interim Order formalizing new COVID-19 testing requirements for all air travellers coming to Canada, and providing additional guidance to airline operators and the travelling public regarding the new pre-departure testing requirement that was announced on December 31. This Interim Order supports COVID-19 health requirements made by Canada’s Minister of Health under the Quarantine Act.Effective midnight on January 7, 2021 (00:00 EST or 05:00 UCT), regardless of citizenship, all travellers five years of age or older must provide proof of a negative laboratory test result for COVID-19 to the airline prior to boarding a flight to Canada. The test must be performed using one of two types of COVID-19 tests-either a molecular polymerase chain reaction (PCR) or Loop-mediated Isothermal Amplification (LAMP)-and must be conducted within 72 hours of the traveller’s scheduled departure to Canada.All travellers coming to Canada must present this information at the time of boarding. Failure to do so will mean an automatic denial of boarding by the airline operating the flight to Canada. /Public Release. This material comes from the originating organization and may be of a point-in-time nature, edited for clarity, style and length. View in full here. Why?Well, unlike many news organisations, we have no sponsors, no corporate or ideological interests. We don’t put up a paywall – we believe in free access to information of public interest. Media ownership in Australia is one of the most concentrated in the world (Learn more). Since the trend of consolidation is and has historically been upward, fewer and fewer individuals or organizations control increasing shares of the mass media in our country. According to independent assessment, about 98% of the media sector is held by three conglomerates. This tendency is not only totally unacceptable, but also to a degree frightening). Learn more hereWe endeavour to provide the community with real-time access to true unfiltered news firsthand from primary sources. It is a bumpy road with all sorties of difficulties. We can only achieve this goal together. Our website is open to any citizen journalists and organizations who want to contribute, publish high-quality insights or send media releases to improve public access to impartial information. You and we have the right to know, learn, read, hear what and how we deem appropriate.Your support is greatly appreciated. All donations are kept completely private and confidential.Thank you in advance!Tags:airline, Canada, citizenship, covid-19, crisis, Effect, failure, Government, health, health and safety, Impact, industry, Minister, testing, Transport, travellast_img read more

Inclusivity is key for QFES’ Fire Ed program

first_imgInclusivity is key for QFES’ Fire Ed program Minister for Police and Corrective Services and Minister for Fire and Emergency Services The Honourable Mark RyanQueensland Fire and Emergency Services (QFES) and AEIOU Foundation for Children with Autism have teamed up to adapt the long-standing Fire Ed program to ensure an inclusive learning environment for children with autism.The program has been updated to include modified language, adjustments to fire drill activities and a focus on physical props to ensure children with autism are prepared should a fire start in their home.Minister for Fire and Emergency Services Mark Ryan said the Fire Ed program helped children understand the dangers of fire and the adapted training would be rolled out across the state once the initial pilot was completed.“QFES is reimagining the program to ensure it is inclusive for children with autism – an extremely important initiative,” Mr Ryan said.“This won’t replace the traditional Fire Ed program, but it will allow children with autism to be able to engage with firefighters and provide vital educational information should a fire occur in their home.“Firefighters realised the Fire Ed program was not meeting the learning needs of children with autism when delivering it within AEIOU centres, so they began to modify it with expert advice from senior therapists from the Foundation.“It’s terrific to see how positively the kids have reacted to the changes.“Once the initial trial has been completed, the training will be rolled out to AEIOU centres across the state and ensure all children who will benefit from the specialised training will have access to the program.”QFES Commissioner Greg Leach said the program would launch in the coming months and was excited by the opportunities for both the children and the firefighters who teach them.“Fires can affect anyone at any time, so it is vital all children are equipped with the knowledge they need to stay safe,” Mr Leach said.“The training will help our Fire and Rescue Service (FRS) firefighters engage with children with autism, not only in training environments, but at house fires and other incidents as well.“This is a great program that promotes inclusivity and I am proud of the firefighters who have worked to make this a reality.”AEIOU Foundation General Manager Shane Klintworth said the Foundation was delighted to partner with QFES to ensure children with autism have equal access to the Fire Ed program.“Accessible fire safety education is critical for every child, particularly children with autism who until now have not had access to a program which caters to their specific needs,” he said.“We commend QFES for their proactive work in this space, and we are grateful for the opportunity to work together modify the program, helping fire crews across the State to successfully engage and educate children with autism on fire safety.“These practical, expert driven changes are a positive step forward for accessibility and inclusiveness, and will lead to a more effective fire safety education for young children with autism.” /Public Release. This material comes from the originating organization and may be of a point-in-time nature, edited for clarity, style and length. View in full here. Why?Well, unlike many news organisations, we have no sponsors, no corporate or ideological interests. We don’t put up a paywall – we believe in free access to information of public interest. Media ownership in Australia is one of the most concentrated in the world (Learn more). Since the trend of consolidation is and has historically been upward, fewer and fewer individuals or organizations control increasing shares of the mass media in our country. According to independent assessment, about 98% of the media sector is held by three conglomerates. This tendency is not only totally unacceptable, but also to a degree frightening). Learn more hereWe endeavour to provide the community with real-time access to true unfiltered news firsthand from primary sources. It is a bumpy road with all sorties of difficulties. We can only achieve this goal together. Our website is open to any citizen journalists and organizations who want to contribute, publish high-quality insights or send media releases to improve public access to impartial information. You and we have the right to know, learn, read, hear what and how we deem appropriate.Your support is greatly appreciated. All donations are kept completely private and confidential.Thank you in advance!Tags:Accessibility, Australia, autism, children, Commissioner, education, Emergency, Emergency Services, environment, Fire and Emergency Services, Government, house fire, language, launch, Minister, QFES, QLD, Queensland, rescue, Ryanlast_img read more

“The University Value Proposition” with Arlene Garrison, VP of ORAU

first_imgShare Share via TwitterShare via FacebookShare via LinkedInShare via E-mail Arlene Garrison, Vice President of University Partnerships for Oak Ridge Associated Universities, will be giving a presentation on Thursday, Oct. 24 from 9:30-11:00 a.m. in the Wittemyer Courtroom of the Wolf Law Building on the topic of “Oak Ridge Associated Universities – The University Value Proposition” followed by a discussion.Oak Ridge Associated Universities (ORAU) provides innovative scientific and technical solutions to advance research and education, protect public health and the environment and strengthen national security. Through specialized teams of experts, unique laboratory capabilities and access to a consortium of more than 100 major Ph.D. granting institutions, ORAU works with federal, state, local and commercial customers to advance national priorities and serve the public interest.  ORAU manages the Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education for the Department of Energy.Garrison is responsible for enhancing ORAU’s scientific research opportunities and expanding partnerships with universities, national laboratories and private industry. Under her direction, the University Partnerships Office provides awards to ORAU member universities, identifies and promotes funding opportunities by facilitating inter-institutional relationships, and leverages relationships with other organizations to support increased funding for scientific research and education.Garrison has a doctorate in analytical chemistry and a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering from the University of Tennessee. She currently serves on the National Science Foundation Advisory Committee for Small Business Innovation Research program and she is a member of the American Chemical Society budget and finance committee. Published: Oct. 23, 2013 last_img read more

Larrazabal maintains lead at Alfred Dunhill

first_imgMALELANE, South Africa – Pablo Larrazabal has kept his three-shot lead going into the final round of the Alfred Dunhill Championship. Larrazabal’s 2-under 70 Saturday in the third round of the European Tour’s first tournament of the 2020 season put him 11 under par and kept him ahead of Wil Besseling (70). South African home favorite Branden Grace (71) is a shot further back in third on 7 under. Full-field scores from the Alfred Dunhill Championship Larrazabal made five birdies but also three bogeys on another tough day at Leopard Creek Country Club, where players have faced scorching temperatures pushing 40 degrees Celsius (104 Fahrenheit) and gusting winds. Those high temperatures convinced the tour to allow players to wear shorts in tournament play for the first time. Charl Schwartzel is making a solid return after an eight-month injury layoff, with a 70 putting him 4 under and in a tie for sixth.last_img read more

Derry Minor Team named ahead of Sunday’s All Ireland Semi – Final

first_img Donegal hoteliers enjoy morale boost as bookings increase News By admin – August 21, 2015 Pinterest Pinterest Today is the 30th anniversary of Eddie Fullerton’s murder Previous articleDerry City look to advance in FAI Senior CupNext articleListen back to the GAA programme with Tom Comack admin 45 new social homes to be built in Dungloe Derry have made three changes from the victory over Longford for Sunday’s All Ireland Minor Semi Final against Kerry at Croke Park.Callum Mullan Young comes into goals for Ben McKinless while in the full forward line, Tiarnan Flanagan and Francis Kearney are named in place of Brian Cassidy and Barry Grant.The Derry minor team to play Kerry in the Electric Ireland All-Ireland MFC semi-final on Sunday at Croke Park (1.30pm) is as follows:1. Callum Mullan-Young (Glen)2. Niall Keenan (Castledawson)3. Conor McGrogan (Newbridge)4. Conor Maunsell (Magherafelt)5. Oisin Duffin (Ballinderry)6. Michael McEvoy (Magherafelt)7. Eoghan Concannon (Steelstown)8. Patrick Kearney (Swatragh)9. Jack Doherty (Glen)10. Patrick Coney (Loup)11. Shea Downey (Lavey)12. Conor Glass (Glen)13. Tiarnan Flanagan (Glen)14. Francis Kearney (Swatragh)15. Shane McGuigan (Slaughtneil)16. Ben McKinless (Ballinderry)17. Brian Cassidy (Slaughtneil)18. Barry Grant (Ballinascreen)19. Feargal Higgins (Dungiven)20. Seamus Higgins (Dungiven)21. Niall McAtamney (Swatragh)22. Odhran McKeever (Dungiven)23. Gearoid McLaughlin (Kilrea)24. Peter Stuart (Bellaghy)25. Conall Darragh (Glen)26. Caolan Devlin (Loup)27. Jude Diamond (Newbridge)28. Christopher Downey (Bellaghy)29. Michael Lynch (Magherafelt)30. Conor McGovern (Ballinascreen)31. Andrew Moore (Steelstown)32. Michael Mullan (Drumsurn)33. Niall Smyth (Dungiven) Facebook Twitter Derry Minor Team named ahead of Sunday’s All Ireland Semi – Finalcenter_img Consultation launched on proposal to limit HGV traffic in Clady Facebook WhatsApp Google+ RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Disruption to cancer service will increase mortality – Oncologist Hospitalisations rise as Donnelly suggests masks will stay ’til autumn WhatsApp Twitter Google+last_img read more

Plans announced to restore O’Doherty’s Keep in Buncrana

first_img DL Debate – 24/05/21 Plans announced to restore O’Doherty’s Keep in Buncrana Homepage BannerNews RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR A major conservation project has been launched in Buncrana.A local group has announced plans to restore the 14th Century O’Doherty’s Keep in Swan Park, Buncrana.The plans include the construction of a visitor and heritage centre at the site.Specialists will initially carry out investigations and surveying of the building in order to compile a comprehensive Conservation Plan to dictate future plans.Spokesperson for the development group, Ronan O’Doherty says they are excited by the project and believe that the site is of such historic significance locally that there is merit in what they are trying to achieve.The study will come at a cost of €50,000 for which a crowdfunding site has been set up. By News Highland – July 17, 2017 Conservation Group’s statement in full – A major new development has been revealed, and a famous landmark could be getting a facelift, following the establishment of a local conservation group, who are dedicated to restoring O’Doherty’s Keep in Swan Park, Buncrana, as well as the construction of a visitor and heritage centre, and landscaped gardens on the site.The background work for this exciting local project has been in preparation for some time, and the group have now agreed a long-term lease with the owner. With the encouragement and permission of the National Monuments Service and Office of Public Works to move ahead, the group are pleased with the positive response and interest shown so far.Speaking about the project, spokesperson for the development group Ronan O’Doherty said, “The first phase of the project includes sensitive but essential investigations and surveying of the Keep itself and the adjacent site, by specialists including conservation architects, archaeologists, ecologists, quantity surveyors and structural engineers. It will involve topographical land survey as well as laser scanning of the monument.”“This phase of the project will take some 4-5 months to complete which will result in the compilation of a comprehensive Conservation Plan for the Keep and surrounding site and will form the basis of future plans.”“This feasibility study will cost money however, and while funds are available from various sources, such as LEADER, we have an obligation to raise funds ourselves, and to put it into context, we will require approximately €50,000 to complete feasibility study alone through a combination of private and public funds.”“But we are really excited by the project, and we believe that the site is of such historic significance locally, and in terms of the origins of the O’Doherty name, that there is merit in what we are trying to achieve. We are calling on the O’Doherty Clan, as well as local people and the worldwide diaspora to assist us in reaching our fundraising goals.”“We have set up a crowdfunding site, which has just gone live as well as a website, to bring attention to the cause. We will also be hosting an open night to give the public an outline of our plans for the site.”The small castle, or keep, is closely associated with the origins of the town of Buncrana, and was occupied by Sir Cahir O’Dochartaigh, who rebelled against crown forces and sacked the city of Derry, before being killed by English forces at the Battle of Kilmacrennan. Following his death, the Keep was granted to Sir Arthur Chichester, who leased it to Englishman Henry Vaughan.  Further restoration work was carried out by the Vaughan family who occupied the keep until 1718. Further information on the project can be found at www.odohertyskeep.com. News, Sport and Obituaries on Monday May 24th WhatsApp Twitter Facebook Google+ Important message for people attending LUH’s INR clinic Harps come back to win in Waterford WhatsApp Previous articleConcern at reports of effluent spillage at Dungloe treatment plantNext articleMickey Harte – Ulster titles are a big deal News Highland Pinterest Facebook Google+ Twitter Pinterest Journey home will be easier – Paul Hegarty Arranmore progress and potential flagged as population growslast_img read more